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erich schiffmann – moving into stillness

moving into stillness

The Peace Within

You imagine a spinning top. Stillness is like a perfectly centered top, spinning so fast it appears motionless. It appears this way not because it isn’t moving, but because it’s spinning at full speed. Stillness is not the absence or negation of energy, life, or movement. Stillness is dynamic. It is unconflicted movement, life in harmony with itself, skill in action. It can be experienced whenever there is total, uninhibited, unconflicted participation in the moment you are in – when you are wholeheartedly present with whatever you are doing.

From “Stillness”, the first chapter of Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness by Erich Schiffmann


There is no such thing as a “complete” or “ideal” posture. Each posture is an ever-evolving, constantly moving energy phenomenon that is different from day to day, moment to moment, and person to person. The process of sensitively flirting with your edges and achieving perfect energy flow is not merely the means to achieve a pose – it is the pose.

Excerpt from Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness by Erich Schiffmann